Los Angeles Galaxy immediately released the contract of Serbian player Aleksandar Katai on Friday. The attacker was expelled because of his wife's controversial statements about protests in the United States after George Floyd's death.
Tea Katai caused a stir in the American football world earlier this week with some meanings that have since been removed on Instagram. She applauded a much-discussed video that the New York police drove into a group of protesters with two cars and called in Serb to kill them. She also called the protesters a "disgusting herd".
The American club described the statements in a statement as racist and violent. "LA Galaxy is firmly against any form of racism, including the implication of violence, and the belittling of those who strive for racial equality."
29-year-old Aleksandar Katai also distanced himself from his wife's comments. "They were unacceptable and do not fit my values," he wrote on Instagram on Thursday. Nevertheless, his position at LA Galaxy proved unsustainable.
After speaking to the winger, LA Galaxy posted a short message on Twitter on Friday saying that "Aleksandar Katai's contract has been terminated by mutual agreement."
Katai made the switch to LA Galaxy in December. The nine-time Serbian international, who previously played for Deportivo Alavés, among others, played only two games for the club from the MLS.
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